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BMW revamps China marketing to focus more on tech, less on the badge

July 31, 2015 12:21 CET

BMW will increase spending on online marketing in China to emphasize its technology as part of efforts to target younger buyers, who care more about the latest features than the brand as a status symbol.... Read More »

Maserati's profits will recover with Levante SUV, Marchionne says

July 31, 2015 11:44 CET

Maserati's profits will recover when the brand launches its first SUV next year, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Maserati's second-quarter earnings fell by 30 percent and global vehicle sales were down 13 percent.... Read More »

Toyota holds Apple, Google at bay with Telenav navigation deal

4:34 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Toyota will turn to a little-known company instead of Apple or Google to provide navigation and phone connectivity, as it seeks to maintain control of the car features. Toyota has been the biggest holdout among automakers as Apple and Google turn dashboards into screens that closely mirror their smartphones.... Read More »

JULY U.S. AUTO SALES

GM pulls back on rental fleet sales, seeks better margins

11:44 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

General Motors will probably report weaker sales than some key rivals do in July. The largest U.S. automaker said that's because it's selling fewer vehicles to rental-car agencies -- not a lack of love in dealer showrooms.... Read More »

Uber launches car leasing unit, makes entry into financial services

11:56 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Uber Technologies has launched its own auto leasing subsidiary to seek more drivers, injecting the fast-growing ride services company directly into the financial services sector for the first time.... Read More »

Amazon hires ex-Top Gear presenter Clarkson for TV series

11:02 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Jeremy Clarkson, the TV presenter who was ousted as host of “Top Gear” this year, will front a new show on Amazon.com in 2016, underscoring the online retailer's drive to push its streaming service with big-ticket names.... Read More »

Tech is a key for new-car marketing, study says

12:50 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Targeting techies is an important marketing strategy for automakers, according to a new study from J.D. Power. The company's 2015 U.S. Automotive Media and Marketing Report -- Summer edition found that 30 percent of new-vehicle drivers cited their vehicle's latest technology as a reason for purchasing.... Read More »

Mazda's quarterly profit falls 5.4% despite strong China, U.S. sales

4:53 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Mazda said quarterly profit fell 5.4 percent despite higher auto sales in China and the U.S. that helped cushion the blow of foreign exchange losses and costs booked for new plants in Mexico and Thailand.... Read More »

Audi cuts global car sales outlook on China

July 30, 2015 11:57 CET

Audi lowered its global sales forecast for this year because of slumping demand in China, its biggest market. The automaker expects global deliveries to increase between 3 percent and 4 percent from a record 1.74 million sales in 2014.... Read More »

U.S. House committee approves limit on CFPB's oversight of auto lending

5:15 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would significantly limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's guidance over auto lending.... Read More »

Penske Automotive Q2 earnings rise 29.5%

9:06 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Penske Automotive Group reported second-quarter net income rose 29 percent driven largely by a higher volume of vehicle sales and a solid performance in all business segments.... Read More »

VW says China sales may decline this year

July 29, 2015 17:19 CET

Volkswagen said its vehicle sales may decline in China this year after years of double-digit volume gains in its largest market.... Read More »

Average age of U.S. fleet hits record 11.5 years, IHS says

7:00 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

The average age of light vehicles on the road in the U.S. reached a new all-time high of 11.5 years at the end of 2014, while the total light vehicles in operation hit a record 257.9 million, up 2.1 percent from 2013, IHS Automotive said today.... Read More »

Tesla offers $1,000 referral incentive on Model S

4:09 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Tesla, testing the power of viral marketing to sell its EVs, will offer a word-of-mouth discount on the Model S through the end of October, with both referrer and buyer receiving $1,000.... Read More »

CDK sees 25 percent profit growth in 2016

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

CDK Global CEO Steve Anenen predicted that earnings at the dealership software giant would jump in its 2016 fiscal year. On the strength of cost-cutting and better bundling of software products, CDK Global expects adjusted earnings to rise at least 25 percent in 2016 on revenue growth of 4 to 5 percent, Anenen told analysts during a year-end earnings call today.... Read More »

TrueCar, Sonic settle trademark lawsuit

3:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

TrueCar and Sonic Automotive reached a settlement in TrueCar's lawsuit against the dealership group over trademark infringement. As part of the deal, Sonic agreed to transfer to TrueCar all rights to and use of its True Price, True View and all other True-related marks. Sonic also will lift a ban on using TrueCar at its dealerships.... Read More »

Dealer satisfaction grows when auto lenders embrace e-contracting

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Dealers like e-contracting. That's one of the key findings from the 2015 U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study by J.D. Power released this week. Another takeaway: Dealers are willing to pay lenders a premium for good service.... Read More »

Public retailers boost F&I profits in Q2

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

F&I profits increased at all six of the largest public new-car retailers in the second quarter. The nation's largest retailer, AutoNation, led the way with F&I revenue per new vehicle retailed of $1,528 on a same-store basis.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: AutoNation, Group 1 are neck and neck in F&I race

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

AutoNation overtook former frontrunner Group 1 Automotive for the top spot among the public retailers in F&I profit per vehicle in the second quarter. Or did it? It depends on how you measure.... Read More »

Ally's second-quarter auto lending flat despite GM pullback

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Ally Financial's second-quarter auto lending originations declined just 1 percent from a year earlier to $10.8 billion, despite a sharp drop in lease originations for GM vehicles. For the first time, GM accounted for less than half of Ally's auto originations.... Read More »

Nissan Q1 earnings jump 58% on strong U.S. sales, weak yen

4:36 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Nissan said first-quarter operating profit soared 58 percent, lifted by strong vehicle sales in the U.S. and China as well as a weak yen which boosted the value of earnings overseas.... Read More »

Nissan backs away from dealer ad attacking Trump for denouncing Mexican immigrants

9:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Nissan distanced itself from a controversial ad created by a California dealership that shows store managers whacking away at a Mexican piņata resembling Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump.... Read More »

Honda readies more sporty, luxurious Civic

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

With the official debut of Honda's redesigned Civic just a few months away, the latest spy shots show the 10th-generation model will come with luxury features normally reserved for fancy German sedans, not practical Japanese family cars.... Read More »

Ally's Q2 auto lending flat despite GM pullback

1:12 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Ally Financial's second-quarter auto lending originations declined just 1 percent from a year earlier to $10.8 billion, despite a sharp drop in lease originations for General Motors vehicles, the company said today.... Read More »

VW passes Toyota for global sales lead in first half

July 28, 2015 08:26 CET

Volkswagen surpassed Toyota to become the biggest automaker by deliveries in the first half. VW benefited as car demand in Europe accelerated, softening the blow from a slowdown in China, its biggest market.... Read More »

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